The Aztec Theatre is a historic theater in the heart of Downtown San Antonio. It was built in 1926 by Robert Bertrum Kelly (the architect on record) and H.C. Woods. The Aztec Theatre was part of the Theater district that included the Empire (1914), the Texas (1926), the Majestic (1929), and the Alameda (1949).
Since October 1992, the theatre has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which saved it from demolition. Based on San Antonio's Riverwalk, the new Aztec Theatre re-opened in 2009 as a concert venue. San Antonio Rose Live was a two-hour live show that featured traditional country, western swing, and gospel music.
The Aztec Theatre was designed by the firm of Meyer & Holler. Its decoration includes vibrantly-colored columns, sculptures, furnishings, and murals, many of which are authentic reproductions of Meso-American artifacts. The interior of the theater is embellished with fixtures, furnishings, relief carvings, sculptures, painted symbols and architectural elements inspired by the Aztec, Mixtec, Zapotec, Toltec, and Mayan cultures. The theater is housed in a six-story office building. A massive two-ton chandelier dominates the theater lobby. Added to the theatre in 1929, the chandelier has been completely restored by the original designer's grandson.
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